Badaun: A local court here on Monday granted bail to two police constables who were among the five accused arrested in the alleged gang-rape and murder of two cousin sisters in Katra Saadatganj village here.
Additional sessions judge Anil Kumar granted conditional bail to the two constables, Sarvesh Yadav and Chatrapal Gangwar, arrested along with three others in the case, the counsel of the two, Brahma Singh said.
Both Yadav and Gangwar were granted bail on the condition after giving a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh each besides sureties of the same amount, Singh said.
Singh said documents relating to the bail would be produced in the court tomorrow and both would be released after their verification although they would have to give an affidavit that in case of any evidence against them in future they would present themselves in the court and would not try to contact any witness or investigative agency or influence them.
According to prosecution, filing of chargesheet within 90 days in such cases is mandatory. As CBI, investigating the case, has not filed the chargesheet during this period nor sought additional time for investigation, the two constables have been able to secure bail.
The two cousin sisters were found hanging from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh in the last week of May, an incident which sparked national outrage.
The courts ruling came four days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had decided not to oppose applications for bail by five men arrested in the said case, paving the way for the suspects' release.
Initial inquiries had suggested that the two cousins, aged 14 and 15, and belonging to a low-caste community, were raped before being hanged, highlighting a breakdown in law and order in Uttar Pradesh.
The suspects, three brothers and two policemen, were being held in a jail in Budaun. They had become eligible for bail upon the expiry of a 90-day period for authorities to press charges. The decision by the CBI not to oppose bail followed after a forensic report which had ruled out sexual assault in the case.
However, sources made it clear that the reports of lie-detector tests done on the parents and family members of the two teenaged girls have yet not arrived.
Uttar Pradesh government has come under criticism from the family of the victims who have alleged that it was shielding the suspects as they belonged to a particular community.
The case snowballed into a major controversy, prompting senior leaders from different parties, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, to visit the crime scene. Earlier, a team of National Commission for Women (NCW) had faulted the local police in the matter.